Mentor:  Dr. Margaret Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, CHEM 274, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1240. Telephone:  (205) 934-8137 Fax: (205) 934-2543

A Postdoctoral fellowship is available at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the laboratory of Dr. Margaret Johnson. We use solution NMR spectroscopy and other biophysical techniques to investigate the structure and function of proteins involved in the metabolism and molecular recognition of poly(ADP-ribose), a key biomolecule in the maintenance of genome integrity, chromatin structure, and the cell cycle. Areas of research include determining high-resolution structures of proteins and protein complexes, enzymatic synthesis and computational simulations.

Our laboratory is part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Center for Structural Biology at UAB. The Central Alabama High-Field NMR Facility is equipped with Bruker 850, 700, 600 and 500 MHz spectrometers with TCI cryoprobes. Biophysics facilities include MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, fluorescence spectroscopy, analytical ultracentrifugation, titration calorimetry, high-throughput screening and protein crystallization, and high-performance computing.

UAB is the top university and 8th overall institution in the Best Places to Work (Postdocs) survey published in The Scientist (2013). The campus is a major part of the downtown landscape, and is within walking distance of some of the best parks, entertainment and dining in the region. We offer high-quality training and mentoring, pay and benefits, career development, networking, and opportunities for family and personal life. The Office of Postdoctoral Education offers classes in grant writing, laboratory management, research ethics, and teaching and presentation skills. Interdisciplinary research seminars are ongoing in a variety of university-wide interest groups.

Enthusiastic, motivated researchers are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have recently received a Ph.D. in a related discipline and have a strong background in structural biology or biochemistry. To apply please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Margaret Johnson at maggiejohnson@uab.edu. UAB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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